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Troubles With America's First Clean Coal Plant Put Mississippi Power 'on the Brink of Bankruptcy'

August 20, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Months after a landmark carbon capture project in Illinois was scrapped after losing government funding, the builder of America's first commercial-scale clean coal project in Kemper County, Mississippi is facing financial troubles due to soaring costs and long construction delays.[read more]

Clean Power Plan: Reasonable, Achievable State Targets for Cutting Power Plant Pollution

August 5, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Clean Power Plan

The historic Clean Power Plan finalized this week to limit carbon pollution from power plants allows each state to design its own cost-effective pathway toward a cleaner electricity system that will protect our health and help safeguard future generations from the worst impacts of climate change.[read more]

New Methanol and Fertilizer Plants to Increase Already-Growing Industrial Natural Gas Use

July 30, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

New Plants and Natural Gas

Reversing a decline that lasted more than a decade, industrial natural gas consumption has grown steadily since 2009 as relatively low natural gas prices have supported use of natural gas as a feedstock for the production of bulk chemicals.[read more]

Nearly Half of Western U.S. Power Plants Vulnerable to Climate Change

June 1, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Power Plant Risk

The desert Southwest will be the hardest hit.

The ever-worsening effects of climate change could hamper electric generating capacity in the Western United States during peak summertime energy use by about 3 percent on average, and up to nearly 9 percent if there is ongoing drought.[read more]

The German 'Energiewende' - Finally One Step Too Far?

May 13, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Problems with the German Energy Plan?

In March it was first reported by German TV network ARD that the utility E.ON was considering mothballing one of the most efficient power plants in Europe, a gas-fired high-efficiency combined-cycle gas turbine power plant called ‘Irsching 4 and 5’ in the southern state of Bavaria – which only went online in 2010.[read more]

Dismal Economics and Increased CO2 of Montpelier District Heating Plant

May 11, 2015 by Willem Post

The renovated City of Montpelier, Vermont district heating plant is a wood chip-fired plant that also has a capacity of 40 million Btu's per hour. The plant heats a total area of 411,000 square feet through the use of a steam loop and a hot water loop.[read more]

Europe Loses Billions in Badly Sited Renewable Power Plants

February 10, 2015 by Joseph Nyangon

European countries could have saved approximately $100 billion if each country had invested in the most efficient capacity given their renewable energy resources, that is, by installing wind turbines in windier countries and solar power plants in sunnier places.[read more]

Rise of the Prosumer: Will Homeowners Ever Be More Important Than Power Plants?

June 28, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

A lot of people in the energy business are making predictions about what the future of electricity service will look like. Although scenarios vary considerably, most agree that consumer choice will be one of the biggest factors changing the way power companies deliver service over the next decade.[read more]

New US Limits on Power Plant Carbon Emissions: Five Points

September 23, 2013 by Marianne Lavelle

The Obama administration on Friday unveiled the first-ever national limits for carbon emissions from new power plants in the United States–a step that seeks to reshape the debate on climate change in the inevitable political and legal battles that lie ahead.[read more]

California biomass-solar power plant project abandoned

July 2, 2010 by Todd Woody

image: California Energy Commission In The New York Times on Friday, I write about another setback in California’s scramble to meet its renewable energy targets: The developer of a hybrid biomass solar power plant to be built in California has abruptly canceled the project, underscoring the challenges the state faces in meeting its...[read more]

Osmotic Power

December 14, 2009 by Robert Rapier

Did you ever wonder why the skin on your hands sometimes shrivels when you have them in water for too long? The underlying reason is called osmosis (a simple explanation in more detail below), and the same driving force is now being utilized as a power source. Occasionally I encounter an energy story that catches me by surprise because...[read more]

What Wrong with the Same Old Song and Dance?

November 29, 2007 by Jonathan Smith

The plan initially filed by the developers essentially amounted to “well, we can’t sequester emissions now but we’ll figure out a plan to do it later.” That doesn’t cut it, the state Siting Council (reasonably) said. Erik Robinson1, writing for The Columbian - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX (Nov 28, 2007) reports...[read more]